Alley Cat Rescue Prompts Veterinarians to Step Up to May Spay Challenge

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On May 1, 2016 Alley Cat Rescue will kick off its annual May Spay Challenge aimed at saving lives and promoting the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) of community cats. With this bold initiative, Alley Cat Rescue is calling on veterinary clinics to provide free or low-cost sterilization for outdoor cats throughout the month of May.

A community cat is trapped as part of a TNR program.

"Rescuers rely on their partnerships with veterinarians to Trap-Neuter-Return outdoor cats to stop the breeding cycle," states Alley Cat Rescue President Louise Holton

Spring is notoriously referred to as "kitten season" and the month of May marks the highest intake of kittens for many shelters. The majority of kittens entering shelters are found outdoors, born to unsterilized, free-roaming cats. In order to get to the heart of the issue, Alley Cat Rescue is urging veterinarians across the country to step up and take the May Spay Challenge by providing a minimum of four free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for outdoor cats.

“The key to our success in reducing cat populations lies within the veterinary community. Rescuers rely on their partnerships with vets to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) outdoor cats in order to stop the breeding cycle,” says Alley Cat Rescue President, Louise Holton. “Rescuers cannot reduce feral cat colonies on their own; they need dedicated support from their local vet clinics.”

The majority of vet clinics provide spay and neuter services to pet cats; however, many do not offer vital TNR services for outdoor, community cats. With over 1.4 million cats entering shelters every year, and 7 in 10 cats being euthanized … Alley Cat Rescue's campaign challenges veterinary clinics to extend their services to include community cats so that more innocent lives can be saved.

So far over 900 veterinary clinics from 45 states and three countries have joined the May Spay Challenge in providing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) services to community cats. Together, more than 9,000 cats have been spayed or neutered. When veterinarians partner with local rescuers, the number of cats and kittens living outdoors and entering shelters is dramatically decreased.

For more information on Alley Cat Rescue's May Spay Challenge and how you can get your veterinarian involved, please visit http://www.saveacat.org/mayspaychallenge or email acr(at)saveacat(dot)org.

About Alley Cat Rescue: ACR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, abandoned, and feral. We run a no-kill shelter and advocate TNR programs for feral cats. ACR has been awarded the Independent Charities of Americas “Best in America” Seal of Approval, and our newsletter has won several awards from the Cat Writers’ Association. For more information, please visit our website http://www.saveacat.org.

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